Have your students sit in a circle and show them the talking stick. The talking stick can be any object safe to pass around the circle that does not make any noise. When anybody is holding the talking stick, it indicates that it is their turn to talk and everybody else’s turn to listen. Every Community Circle can have a different focus and it can be short or long, depending on what experience you want your students to have on any given day.
Community Circle Idea: Focus on the theme of Irish Folklore and pose the following question for your students to answer during Community Circle. It is an effective way to create a sense of community among your students by taking the time to start the day, in a circle formation, where everybody’s presence is acknowledged and welcomed. Extend the lesson and listen to the read aloud “Too Many Leprechauns.”